tonight at 10:00pm: the conservatives and labour go head to head on taxes, promising policies fair to everyone if they win the election. theresa may says no to vat rises, but there's no pledge on keeping current levels of income tax or national insurance. we are the party that wants low taxes low and medium earners. we have no plans to increase the level of tax. i'm very clear that i wa nt level of tax. i'm very clear that i want make specific proposals on taxes unless i am absolutely sure i can deliver on them. we are the party that wants low taxes for low and medium earners. the conservative party are the party that wants low taxes for the high earners. britain's champion heavyweight, anthonyjoshua, reflects on that extraordinary victory, over wladimir klitschko at wembley. donald trump says he hasn't ruled out military action against north korea, after the country's second ballistic
missile test in two weeks. and ten years after the disappearance of madeleine mccann, her parents tell the bbc they'll do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to find their daughter. good evening. theresa may says there'll be no increase in vat if the conservatives win the general election, with labour saying it wouldn't increase the tax either. but the prime minister did signal she may scrap a pledge made by david cameron not to raise income tax or national insurance. mrs may has also made it clear she expects "hard talks" with the european union over brexit. it follows comments from the german chancellor angela merkel that britain musn‘t delude
itself about the outcome of the negotiations. here's our political correspondent ben wright. working people have paid enough tax. as this economy recovers, i want you to be able to keep more of your own money to spend as you choose. it was a startling policy, a solemn promise made days before the 2015 general election. david cameron said that three key taxes, vat, income tax and national insurance, would not go up for a five—year parliament, so will theresa may repeat that pledge in her manifesto? we have no plans to increase the level of tax, but i am also very clear that i don't want to make specific proposals on taxes unless i am sure that i can deliver on those. a pretty strong hint the prime minister does not think the existing tax freeze can be continued. and remember, just last month, the chancellor's plan to raise the national insurance rate in the budget was criticised for breaking the manifesto tax pledge and the move was ditched. why does all this matter?
because public services cost money. politicians need to decide how to balance the growing demand of hospitals, schools, social care, defence, with voters‘ willingness to pay. today there was clarity from the prime minister on one part of the conservatives‘ tax pledge. we will not increase vat. but no matching promise on national insurance or income tax, the other big revenue raisers. labour is making a lot of spending promises which it says will be costed in their manifesto. we are the party that wants low taxes for low and middle earners. the conservative party are the ones who want lower taxes for high earners. we look at things the other way. so, yes, there will be changes, but they will be very much at the top end. in the next couple of weeks, we will get the party manifestos, when promises over tax and spending may crystallise into policy.
the biggest issue facing britain over the next two years is brexit, and there seems to be a divide between theresa may and the rest of the eu over how negotiations should happen. yesterday, eu leaders dismissed the idea of a quick trade deal and said there had to be progress on the terms of the divorce first, including the money britain owes. but theresa may has other ideas. yes, they do want to start discussions about money. i'm very clear that at the end of the negotiations we need to be clear not just about the brexit arrangement, the exit, how we withdraw, but also for our future relationship is going to be. opposition parties said the government was kidding itself. the prime minister is not in charge of the agenda. there are 27 member states in the european union apart from the uk. they are absolutely united, they are holding a common line and theresa may is not going to be able to tell them what to do.
but the eu will not begin to negotiate with us until after polling day and a new westminster government is in place. ben wright, bbc news. anthonyjoshua says he still has much to learn, despite becoming the world's leading heavyweight boxer after an extraordinary victory over wladimir klitschko at wembley stadium last night. in one of the biggest fights ever held on british soil, he was knocked down by the ukrainian former champion, but recovered and went on to stop his opponent in the eleventh round. our sports correspondent natalie pirks caught up with anthonyjoshua today. joshua gets off the canvas in the sixth... with every headline comes the realisation of what he has achieved — overnight global superstardom. but with the spoils of his greatest night never far from his sight, anthonyjoshua's staying the only way he knows how. grounded. i am going back to the same flat, with the same family. nothing changes, do
you know what i mean? perception and reach changes, but where i am, where i am based, the ground i am on does not change. it is nice. it is amazing. i am still worried. i am still a fighter, and i have to keep that mindset right now. the night began with a visual feast as a] played his title role to perfection. for a while here, it looked as if his dream would also be about to go up in flames. the fight pitted power against experience, and after four cagey rounds, joshua suddenly exploded into life. but with 69 career fights comes resilience, and, boy, did klitschko come back. britain's boy wonder was down. many believed he was out.
i knew i had something in me that wouldn't let me stay down. i knew i could get up, no problem. it made his comeback all the more incredible. in round 11, he had klitschko down once, twice, and the referee ensured no further damage was done. isaid, i said, what you have done in boxing is phenomenal. don't let one that fight define your whole career. if you want to come again, i'm here to fight. do that one fight define your whole career. what he's achieved is remarkable. —— .net one fight. it was a moment that stopped not only british sports fans in their tracks, but worldwide. nigeria, where joshua's parents are from, celebrating wildly. is this nigeria? yeah. jeez! that's insane. that pounding jam, nigerian food that keeps me strong.
battle scarred but not battle weary, his 19th knockout of 19 fights has seen him usher in a new era for a heavyweight division that so needed him. natalie pirks, bbc news. and you can see a full length documentary on antonyjoshua: the road to klitschko at 11:50pm on bbc one. president trump says he hasn't ruled out military action against north korea, after another unsuccessful ballistic missile test this weekend by the country. he says he isn't happy about it, but wouldn't be drawn on speculation that the failure of the test was down to a possible us cyber attack. earlier, it was the american media he had in his sights, attacking them at a rally marking 100 days in office. our north america editor jon sopel reports. there's no doubt this is where donald trump is happiest, and on his 100th day he had a choice —
bathe in the warmth of his still adoring base or do what presidents have done for decades and stay in washington for the annual journalist shindig. given his toxic relationship with the media, that turned out to be no contest. they are gathered together for the white house correspondents dinner without the president. and i could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from washington swamp. cheering. spending my evening with all of you. back in washington, it was a very different atmosphere. more serious, defensive, yes, but in no way apologetic. it is ourjob to report on facts and to hold leaders accountable. that is who we are. we are not fake news.
and for the comedian, an absent president was a rich theme forjokes. the leader of our country is not here. and that's because he lives in moscow, it is a very long flight, it would be hard for vlad to make it. vlad can't just make it on a saturday. it's a saturday! as for the other guy, i think he's in pennsylvania because he can't take a joke. but this is the noise of the president's term. there is deadly serious stuff like north korea and the real tension as pyongyang continues to defy the international community and a lot of "what if" scenarios, as america tries to intensify the pressure on kim jong—un. if he does a nuclear test, i will not be happy. and i can tell you also, i don't believe that the president of china, who is a very respected man, will be happy either. you mean military action? i don't know. i mean, we'll see. there's a growing belief in washington that the failure
of the last two rocket launches in north korea is down to an american cyber attack. this is designed to do one thing, to persuade them to come to a negotiating table. meanwhile, donald trump has held conversations with the leader of singapore and the leader of thailand. to try to put more pressure on the north koreans. so far, with little effect. ten years after the disappearance of madeleine mccann her parents have told the bbc they'll do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to find their daughter. madeleine was three years old when she went missing, while on a family holiday in portugal. speaking to fiona bruce, kate and gerry mccann say the pain never leaves them, after a decade of uncertainty. every day is another day without madeleine...
i think it's just that number. that ten—year mark makes it more significant. it's a reminder of how much time has gone by and obviously ten is a big number. i think that the day and the poignancy of it... we don't tend to go back because it's so draining. but inevitably on anniversaries and birthdays, they're by far the hardest. how different is your life now to what you must have imagined all those years ago? it's a hard one. such a long time. i think before madeleine was taken we felt we'd managed to achieve a perfect, nuclear family of five. we had that for a short period. you adapt. you have a new normality. unfortunately for us,
the new normality at the moment is a family of four. last time we talked, you told me how you were still buying birthday presents and christmas presents for madeleine... are you still doing that? yes, i still do that. you go round the shops and you think, madeleine would be this age, what would she want? that is it. i obviously have to think about what age she is and something that's. .. whenever we find her, will it still be appropriate? a lot of thought goes into it. i couldn't not do that. she'll always be our daughter. one of the police officers in portugal has been a thorn in your side for many years. he wrote a book which implicates you and you fought it through the courts. at the moment, you have lost and he has won. the lastjudgment was terrible. so we will be appealing.
we haven't lodged that yet. he was effectively suggesting that you were involved? i think people need to realise, and assistant commissioner riley has said it again this week and the portuguese have said it in the final report, there is no evidence that madeleine is dead. and the prosecutor said that there was no evidence that we were involved in any crime. the police have talked about one significant lead that they're still pursuing. can you tell me anything about that? we're very much... the investigation is in the hands of the met police. there are ongoing enquiries. we've come a long way and there is progress, there are some very credible lines the police are working on, and while there's no evidence to give us any negative news, that hope is still there. it really is there, in your hearts? the hope that one day you'll be reunited with your daughter? no parent is going to give up
on their child unless they know for certain their child is dead. we just don't have any evidence. my hope of madeleine being out there is no less than it was ten years ago. apart from those first 48 hours, nothing actually has changed since then. i think the difficult thing has always been, how will we find her? because you rely on the police doing everything they can. and you are relying on somebody with information coming forward. kate and gerry mccann speaking to fiona bruce. a woman who was shot and wounded by police during a counter—terrorism operation in north—west london last week has now been arrested after being discharged from hospital. police are still questioning six other suspects. meanwhile, officers have been given more time to question another man — khalid mohammed 0mar ali — who was arrested on thursday near parliament square.
dorset police have launched a murder inquiry after a man was shot at his home in the early hours of the morning. officers had responded to reports of intruders entering a property in st ives near ringwood. the victim — who was in his 60s — died in hospital. one of the world's most accomplished mountaineers, ueli steck, has been killed in an accident on mount everest. he was a0. known as the swiss machine, he was climbing alone in preparation for a new route up the mountain. he'd won numerous awards and was celebrated for the speed of his climbs. alexandra mackenzie reports. mount everest — dangerous and daunting, even for the most experienced climbers. the idea isjust climbing from base camp, just on the normal route... ueli steck was preparing to tackle a new and particularly difficult route without oxygen. i think it is possible, but we don't know.
but that is exactly the challenge, the interesting thing. nobody has done that before, so i think the chance is there that it is possible, but i don't know. so, he knew the dangers of everest. he had reached the summit without oxygen in 2012. in 2015, he climbed all 82 alpine peaks over 4000 metres in just 62 days, and he conquered the north face of the eiger in less than three hours. ueli steck was on everest to acclimatise when it is thought that he slipped and fell. his body has been recovered, and tributes have been paid. he broke amazing records by a mixture of modesty, humility and great ability, on top of athleticism of the most amazing type. the peak again, really cool. the climbing community says it has lost a pioneer who was known
for his speed and ruthlessly methodical approach, with an ability to push himself to the limits of human endurance. alexandra mckenzie, bbc news. now with the sport, here's lizzie greenwood hughes at the bbc sport centre. thanks very much. it's been an important day at the top of the premier league. match of the day 2 follows the news so if you don't want to know what happened, please avert your attention. chelsea moved a step closer to clinching the title after comfortably beating everton 3—nil. they had to patient, all the goals coming in the second half, but the celebrations say it all. chelsea just need to win three more games to be crowned champions for the sixth time. tottenham kept up the pressure behind chelsea in second place after winning the last ever north london derby at white hart lane. dele alli and harry kane scored the goals in the second half. the victory guarantees spurs will finish the season above arsenal for the first time in more
than two decades. so, this is how the top of the premier league table looks after today's action with four games left to play. chelsea are four points ahead of spurs. manchester city and united stay 11th and 5th after both were held by relegation strugglers. city drew 2—2 at middlesbrough while united against swansea finished 1—1. valterri bottas held his nerve to win his first formula one race at the russian grand prix. the finn led virtually from start to finish, leaving his frustrated mercedes team—mate lewis hamilton struggling back in fourth place. ben croucher reports. eyeing a maiden f1 win, today was valtteri bottas's time to shine. with team—mate lewis hamilton off the pace this weekend, it was up to the finnish driver to take the fight to ferrari. he had two to get past two of them on the grid and he dispatched them in two corners.
the second of those corners proved tricky for the british driverjolyon palmer, whose race ended in a tangle of tyres. the seemingly unflappable finn, so comfortable leading for so long, flapped with his first win in sight. this mistake allowed sebastian vettel to hunt him down over the remaining few nerve—racking laps. it was edge of your seat stuff. sebastian vettel‘s ferrari hustled, but the prize would be won by valtteri bottas — a grand prix winner of the 82nd attempt. yes! brilliant! well done. it took quite a while, more than 80 races but it was definitely worth the wait and the learning curve. and this strange opportunity came to me in the winter tojoin this strange opportunity came to me in the winter to join this team and they made it possible. some questioned if valtteri bottas would play number two to lewis hamilton this season. today, at least, he was very much number one. ben croucher, bbc news. john higgins is still comfortably ahead of mark selby halfway through their world snooker final.
the scot was leading the defending champion and world number one 8—11 at the mid—session interval in sheffield. and the latest from the crucible is that higgins is 10—6 up, looking for his fifth world title. it's the first to 18 frames. the match concludes tomorrow. one of the most prominent figures in world football has resigned after being linked to a corruption scandal. sheikh ahmad al—fahad al—sabah was a senior official at fifa — football's world governing body — but has recently been linked to a fraud case. he strongly denies any allegations of wrongdoing. and that's the sport. that's it. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. do stay with us on bbc one — it's now time for all the news where you are. have a very good night. hello.
this is bbc news. a new report says best—before dates on food should be scrapped, because they are unnecessary and contribute to mounting levels of food waste. mps on the environment, food and rural affairs committee say it's a scandal that £10 billion worth of food is thrown away every year and the government and supermarkets need to act. claire marshall reports. mostly mixed in with other waste, we throw more than £10 billion worth of food away every year. the committee calls it a scandal. councils have to raise bills to dispose of it. and this is happening while food bank use is at a record high. last year, the average household threw away £470 worth of food. those with children, around £700.
the average person in the uk, £200. we are all likely to have packets with dates on, and they can be confusing. so, this is the key one, the use—by date. i really shouldn't eat this after the 3rd of may because it might not be safe. but then these have got best before dates on. i can eat this after the 5th of may, but it might not be at its best. the best—before date i believe can be scrapped because it is unnecessary. it means food is wasted, sometimes people don't actually eat that food when it goes beyond the best—before date. i always make sure i throw the food aways the day before or two days before it is out of date. i suppose i go by what the product looks like. if it looks all right to eat, i would probably eat it. i am a fussy eater, so i find that i like to stick to them, but then i feel bad because there is such a build—up of waste food.
customers at a pioneering project in leeds browse food that supermarkets have thrown out. three tons arrive here each day. adam smith is the founder. we have to stop this now. we can't wait another generation for this to stop, because it is single—handedly destroying the planet. and yet this perfectly good produce getting thrown away for just a date, and it is nonsense. mps say we need tougher food waste targets and that we need to love our wonky veg. claire marshall, bbc news. authorities in the united states say that at least five people were killed and nearly 50 others injured by several tornados that hit texas yesterday evening. emergency services are conducting a search for missing people and say they fear the death toll may rise. as david campanale now reports, the american midwest has been struck by an intensive weather system that has caused damage across several states. it's texas and this region of the united states
is known as tornado alley for its frequent, powerful storms. twisters like this are not uncommon but their dramatic capacity for death and destruction is unstoppable and always unwelcome. homes in the state have been flattened, trees uprooted and cars overturned. at least one powerful storm hit the city of canton about 80 kilometres east of dallas. more were reported in surrounding areas. this is the tornado crossing the road right in front of us. blocked roads have hindered emergency responders, who are still trying to get out to numerous calls for help. fatalities, i believe, what i'm getting is that they are still coming in. we are talking about maybe five casualties. that number may go up once we can get into those areas. we are trying to deploy search and rescue and recovery right now. that number may go up, hopefully it doesn't, but we do know we have a number of fatalities as of right now.
heavy rains and damaging winds have struck a broad swathe of the us heartland. downpours that began on friday have been so intense the ground has been unable to absorb rainfall, causing widespread flooding and prompting evacuations. the governors of missouri and oklahoma have declared states of emergency due to flooding and the damage caused to power supplies and structures. the massive storm system has also delayed thousands of flights. colorado and wyoming further north have been struck by snowstorms. heavy rain in the midwest is expected to continue to the end of the weekend, along with wind gusts of 95 kilometres per hour. jay wynne has the weather. browse and rain. completely
different at the other end of the country. lovely sunny spells along the shores of the moray firth. there is an area of low pressure, working its way in from the south. it has been a breezy day and it will be breezy overnight. a bit of rain across the southern part of the uk. it might make its way towards lincolnshire and manchester. but not of that, it is essentially dry. no errors are particularly cold. foundations in double figures. bank demanded, showers in the cell. —— bank holiday monday, showers in the south. by the afternoon, some spells
of sunshine and the boaters around 12-13 of sunshine and the boaters around 12—13 weeks. some showers on the heavy side. a fuel rumbles of thunder. northern england for the most pa rt thunder. northern england for the most part is dry. as you head for the west, 15—16. 9 degrees on the eastern side of the breeze coming in from the north sea. i wish i was drifting away towards the new continent. —— the showers are drifting away towards the continent. some of the cloud is quite low and can be grey. 0ur some of the cloud is quite low and can be grey. our main area of low pressure just towards the south on tuesday and we see some high—pressure becoming the main influence. the wind is coming from the east. that will generate low cloud. it could be grey and cool. head further inland, dry and bread.